Schaefer fund-raiser unlisted but not unproductive

October 03, 1990|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,Sun Staff Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Oh, how the money rolls quietly in for Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Last night, at a fund-raiser not listed on his official public schedule, Mr. Schaefer picked up another $100,000 for his 1990 re-election campaign.

About 200 Washington-area supporters paid $1,000 a couple to eat seafood hors d'oeuvres and hear a campaign speech. The governor was described by Bill Wrench, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, as "a true friend of the business community."

Norman Glasgow, a Washington lawyer said, "The governor is a master at touching our hearts, our minds and our pocketbooks."

Mr. Schaefer has now raised at least $2.1 million. His Republican opponent, William S. Shepard, has collected about $70,000.

A source close to the Schaefer campaign said its organizers have held several fund-raisers recently that were not publicized -- to avoid the appearance of "money-grubbing."

But Paul S. Schurick, Mr. Schaefer's press secretary, said there was no attempt to hide last night's event. It was held at the Phillips seafood restaurant in Southwest Washington.

"If it wasn't on the schedule, I'm dumbfounded," he said. "If it wasn't there, it was just an oversight."

Mr. Schurick said all of the governor's public appearances are routinely included on his daily schedule issued each Friday. Several smallfund-raising parties that were regarded as private did not appear on the schedule, he said.

Asked why Mr. Schaefer requires so much money, an aide, Lainy LeBow, said: "Campaigns cost money. The governor is running full speed ahead. He can't do it on his good looks."

In his brief remarks last night, Mr. Schaefer outlined what he regards as the major accomplishments of his last four years in Annapolis and appealed for the votes of his audience.

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